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This article was published on July 17, 2015

Happy World Emoji Day iOS users! But only bleak emptiness for Android fans

Happy World Emoji Day iOS users! But only bleak emptiness for Android fans
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

It’s World Emoji Day!

Only…it’s not, if you’re throwing around the perennially popular pictograms using anything besides iOS. I’ll explain, because I can already tell you’re riveted.

Emojipedia declared today World Emoji Day, because the date shown on the iOS calendar emoji is July 17. So far, so good. But on Android, you’ll just see a generic ‘month view’ calendar page, no celebration for you.

It’s even trickier when you turn to Twitter, where the annual cavalcade of emoji celebration passed without much comment. The social network renders the date on the calendar emoji as July 15.

The issue arises because operating systems and services interpret the underlying Unicode (1F4C5) differently.

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Anyway, despite the confusion, Emojipedia has set up Emojivote, a way to champion new emoji and prod the folks at the Unicode Consortium

Of course, the Unicode character proposal system already exists, but that doesn’t have the benefit of being an easy to use subreddit.

And thanks to sticker/custom emoji app Imoji for making me this Donald Trump butt plug emoji to celebrate this auspicious day:

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World Emoji Day

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